The saying is that the early bird gets the worm. This saying holds very significant meaning to entrepreneurs and how they choose to operate their everyday lives. Successful entrepreneurs believe in the importance of habits, behavior, mindset, and positioning. They are always seeking an advantage that would put them in the right position to achieve commercial success. This is what separates successful entrepreneurs from the average employee. Their mindset is constantly focused on winning instead of mere survival.
One such way that entrepreneurs differ from the average person is the fact that they choose to get up early so that they can maximize the 24 hours given to to them everyday.They understand that the less time that you have within the day, that means the less time that you have to work towards accomplishing your goals and achieving results. Waking up late leads to constant procrastination, using the excuse that there is not enough time available. But, successful entrepreneurs know that this is a lie. It all depends on where your priorities lie and how bad you want to achieve your goals.
This is why starting off the day right is very important for entrepreneurs. You want to ensure that your productivity is operating at a very high level so that you are focused on having a great performance throughout the day. The following things are what most entrepreneurs should be doing before 7 a.m. to ensure that their day is successful.
1) They are wide awake to get their day started
Successful entrepreneurs wake up early to get their day started when everyone else is sound asleep long into the morning. Waking up early allows you more time to accomplish more in the day and to work towards achieving the ideas in your head. This is why most people’s dreams stay dreams. It is because they do not have enough time to dedicate the energy towards accomplishing their dreams.
Richard Branson credits being an early riser to his success as a billionaire entrepreneur.
“I have always been an early riser. Like keeping a positive outlook, or keeping fit, waking up early is a habit, which you must work on to maintain. Over my 50 years in business I have learned that if I rise early I can achieve so much more in a day, and therefore in life,” says Branson.
The benefits of waking up before 7 a.m. is being able to check your emails, exercise, gather your thoughts, and prepare for the day – all before most people wake up. This allows you to move forward with your day without feeling rushed or like you are forgetting something to do.
Another benefit of waking up early is that you get more sleep as a result because your day is much more productive. You no longer have to keep hitting the snooze button because you are getting the recommended 6-8 hours of sleep every night . A good amount of sleep also improves your health, memory, learning, productivity, and mood. It can even help you make fewer risky financial decisions, reduce stress, and decrease fat and increase muscle mass with exercise.
2) Not being distracted by your phone
Although it may be tempting, you should resist reaching for your phone the first minute you wake up during the morning. Having the phone right next to you is a source for constant interruptions because of your phone ringing and text message and email notifications. You will be forced to attend to these alerts because they are constantly making you aware of their existence. Once you give in and start attending to them, your sleep will be interrupted and your day starts off completely wrong due to a lack of sleep.
You also want to avoid responding to emails and social media messages as soon as you wake up. They can be filled with negativity that throws your day off by putting you in a bad mood that lasts the entire day. You need to instead to check over your tasks for the day and proceed with completing them so that your productivity starts off great and remains high.
3) Begin your morning with exercise or meditation
The benefit of exercising in the morning is that it wakes you up by getting your blood flowing and builds your energy up. Instead of dragging throughout the day because you feel sluggish, you are motivated to start your day off achieving your goals. This boosted enthusiasm goes a long way towards putting you on the right path towards success.
Exercising and meditating each morning can help you focus on what you need to achieve throughout the day and develop new ideas. Meditation will help you focus on exactly what needs to be done for that day by blocking out those things that do not add to your success. Meditation also helps you to foster a self-awareness and calmness that lasts throughout the day – exactly what you need when faced with high-pressure situations or important decisions at work.
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4) Eat a healthy breakfast
Breakfast is a very important meal to start your day with because it fuels both your mind and body so that they can work throughout the day. This does not mean that anything you choose to put in your mouth qualifies as breakfast. You will need to avoid junk food because this sort of meal will only work to slow your day down, instead of boosting it up.
Great healthy breakfast items include: oatmeal, rye toast, eggs, nuts, greens, beans, fruits and, vegetables. Meals that include one or a combination of these items will help to get your day started off in the right direction.
5) Get your mindset right
It can be difficult some mornings to even get out of bed. Those difficult days can make it seem like your day is going to just be bad so there is no reason for even attempting to put forth your best effort. This is the wrong type of thinking to have, especially since your day has not even actually started – you just woke up in a bad mood. This happens to be best of us.
Successful entrepreneurs understand that they can control their moods. It is important to put yourself in a great mood, instead of letting surrounding circumstances dictate your mood. You can begin your day by reading a book for inspiration, using motivational quotes as positive affirmations, working on a project that you are passionate about, or recording your thoughts or daily experiences in a journal or personal blog. By taking the time every morning to get in the right mindset before beginning your day, you help to ensure that your success is more achievable.
Tim Ferriss is one of those successful entrepreneurs who benefits greatly from writing down his thoughts within a journal.
“The five-minute journal is a therapeutic intervention, for me at least, because I am that person,” says Tim Ferriss, entrepreneur and author of The 4-Hour Workweek. “That allows me to not only get more done during the day but to also feel better throughout the entire day, to be a happier person, to be a more content person — which is not something that comes naturally to me.”
6) Set your goals and priorities.
Your week should begin with goals that have been set and tasks that have been listed to ensure that your work reinforces the achievement of these goals. You should write your goals out on Sunday night so that you go into Monday morning with a clear game plan of what needs to be done and how it will be done. Keep your goals on your mind throughout the day. Have your notebook next to you when you wake up, post your goals on your bathroom mirror, set reminders on your phone and keep yourself motivated and focused.
It is best to list your most challenging task first and work your way down from there. You will naturally want to resist doing the most difficult thing first because it requires more effort. It is best though, to get it out of the way instead of continually procrastinating about doing it. This only hurts your ability to accomplish your goals, which means your time and effort is just being wasted.
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7) Get your day started
Now that you have gotten your morning off to a great start, it is time to do the work that needs to be accomplished. You can now read your emails and text, review your social media accounts, and review your business’s previous day activities. Although you may encounter some things that can alter your plans, you are mentally prepared to pivot smoothly because your day has started off on the right track.
A great morning routine is definitely needed if your goal is to become a successful entrepreneur. The best entrepreneurs enforce habits and behaviors that work towards ensuring the longevity of their success. It might be difficult in the beginning to get your morning routine down pat. As you become more consistent though, you will find that your results will improve and your days will become much more productive.
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